Institutional mechanism for monitoring- Urban

Subject:    Brief Note for “Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyaan” (MJSA) in urban areas dated 14-10-2016.


·        Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyaan is being extended in urban areas of the State with the vision to ensure effective implementation of water harvesting and water conservation related activities in the urban areas


·        The programme is being designed in such a way that everything from planning to execution shall be followed in a participatory approach down to the city community level.

·        Hon’ble Chief Minister had directed Hon’ble Chairperson RRB & WRPA to start the MJSA in Urban areas also with MJSA phase-II i.e. from 16th November 2016.

·        66 cities will be taken in phase- I for MJSA (Urban) subject to maximum of 2 cities from 1 district.

·       Projects/works in cities with population of more than 1 lakh will be taken up in phased manner year-wise up to June 2019, for other cities, all project/works will be completed before 30-06-2017.


·        Details of work under MJSA (Urban) are :

Ø  Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting Structure in all government buildings having roof top area 300 sqm or more. Work of Roof top harvesting structures in departmental buildings shall be done by concerned department at their own expenses. The statutory requirement of making water harvesting structure, compulsory in the buildings with built up area of 300 sqm or more in urban areas may be strictly enforced by ULB’s/Development Authorities/UIT’s

Ø  IEC activities for Roof Top Water Harvesting Structures and percolation pits (recharge trenches) in private Residences and buildings.

Ø  Rejuvenation/renovation/repairing of existing old traditional bawaris and big ponds in cities of State needs to be taken on priority basis. In this context, a list of such bawaris and big ponds is to be prepared by Collectors before taking the work in hand through various local welfare/development committees constituted in the area.


o    The traditional water bodies like bawaris, big ponds, old open wells etc. may be surveyed along with details of storage capacity, present position, catchment area, in let channel etc.

o    DPR may be prepared for rejuvenation/renovation/repairing under “shahri Jan Bhagidari Yojna” where in participation of local development committees, NGO’s, Trusts and public at large may be ensured. Particularly the people residing in the vicinity of traditional water body may be roped in to make the initiative sustainable.

o    The bawari/ water body may be named after the local deity and a stone inscription of the same may be placed. Religious leaders may be roped in and after renovation they may perform religious rites and dedicate the same to the people at large. Linking water conservation with religious sentiments may take the initiative more sustainable.

o    In the absence of catchment area, which is the case in many densely populated urban areas, the artificial catchment of the roof top of the neighboring buildings may be utilized to increase the rate of recharge of water body. School children may be shown these water bodies to inculcate the ethos of water conservation and generating awareness.

o    The motorized extraction of water from bawaris/wells should be immediate stopped as the rate of extraction is greater than rate of recharge, renders the bawari/well dry very soon.

o    “Jal mandir” may be made near the bawari/well for vending drinking water to the people.  This will be of utility value as well as educative intent.


Ø  Tree plantation and developing city forest.  

·        To start with, all Government buildings (official, institutional and residential) may be equipped with roof top rain water harvesting structures (RTRWHS) converting these buildings in to green buildings. The water harvesting structure should also include a “Jal Mandir” with drinking water vending for visitors which would have utility value as well as educative content.